Environmental group joins chorus of voices against paving of Moncton High sports field
Developer wants permission to pave sports field
An environmental group is adding its voice to a number of groups and people coming out against the proposed rezoning of the former Moncton High sports field.
The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance says it filed a written objection with the city on Thursday over concerns about the increased risk of flooding the proposed parking lot may cause.
"For the sake of the local ecology and obviously storm water management issues which affect not only the local ecosystem but also the community, we felt it necessary to speak out," said Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance project manager Jenna MacQuarrie.
Dozens of residents attended a meeting to voice their concerns about the zoning change earlier in October and last week, the city's planning advisory committee voted to recommend against allowing land to be rezoned. With the community's opportunity to voice its concerns to city council on Nov. 6 fast approaching, the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance wrote a two-page submission to the city.
In it, the group explains that the field used to be part of Hall's Creek salt marsh which now runs adjacent to Wheeler Boulevard. The developer's plan includes leaving a green space between the asphalt and the boulevard, but the Alliance's letter states that, "the expansion of impermeable surface in the location of a former wetland, would be contradictory to flood protection, climate change adaptation, and wetland conservation & restoration strategies currently in place under all levels of government."
Heritage Developments Limited did not respond to the CBC's request for an interview.
A public hearing to consider written objections to the proposed rezoning changes will be held at Moncton City Council.